Dignan Takes Helm at Center for Materials Recycling

James Dignan has been named president of the Center for Environmentally Responsible Materials Recycling. The center plans to build an R&D center in Youngstown that would study end-of-life hydrocarbon materials, such as as plastics, electronics scrap, tires and medical and municipal waste, and reuse for commercial purposes. “I am excited to join CERMR to help develop an economical yet environmentally responsible materials recycling solution right here in the Mahoning Valley,” Dignan says. “Our proposed partnership with YSU will help establish the university and our region as a global technology leader in materials recycling processes and in key research and development efforts with vast potential.” Dignan’s resume includes CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and deputy director of global force management and mobilization in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. An Air Force colonel with nearly 30 years of experience, he was commander of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna Township.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.